Family Batises and Wattle-eyes (Platysteiridae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Batis (Batis perkeo)


Taxonomy

French: Pririt pygmée German: Däumlingsschnäpper Spanish: Batis pigmeo
Taxonomy:

Batis perkeo

Neumann

, 1907,

Darassam, Gurra country, southern Ethiopia

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Overlaps in range to some extent with B. molitor and with B. minor, but not with B. soror; seems to occur lower down than B. orientalis on Mt Moroto (Uganda), and seemingly no overlap with this taxon in S Ethiopia. Research required in order to give clues to relationships. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, C & S Somalia, E Uganda, inland Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm; 5–9 g. Very small flycatcher-like and shrike-like bird with contrasting black, grey and white (and some rufous) colours. Male has forehead, crown and back... read more

Voice

Penetrating piping notes in series of up to 20, notes similar to those of B. minor but... read more

Habitat

Trees and scrub in arid regions, woodland and wooded grassland. Thorn-scrub, acacia (Acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects: small beetles (Coleoptera) recorded. Feeds mainly in bushes and trees. Flycatches from perch, to which it returns.

Breeding

Breeding confirmed in Feb, suspected in Mar (from dissection); another source gives probably Nov in N Kenya. Female recorded on nest in... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (BirdLife International). Common to fairly common, as in Kenya, but scarce in L Turkana area and absent from coastal area; present in Samburu and... read more

Recommended citation

Louette, M. (2018). Pygmy Batis (Batis perkeo). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/59131 on 16 October 2018).